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Solar Cooking Oven Reviews & Tips

We have been practicing solar cooking for a while now and  have a few tips to share with you. I’ve used four different types of solar ovens, and each one has its own characteristics.  The four different types are the All American Sun Oven, the Gosun Solar Cooker, the Solavore, and a homemade parabolic reflector. I’d like to give the pros and cons of each oven and then share tips I’ve learned from using this method of cooking over the years.

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The All American Sun Oven

The first one I will talk about is the All American Sun Oven, this is the more traditional box oven and it works very similar to the oven in your kitchen range.…

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Summer has Arrived and it is Time to Start Solar Cooking

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A meal cooked on Solar ovens

Summer is here and the sun in shining.  It is time to start solar cooking.  It is fun, keeps the heat out of your house and prepares you for cooking in an emergency.  Now there are many advantages to solar cooking in an emergency.  One it saves fuel, you don’t have to waste time looking for wood or burning other precious fuels.  You can use a solar cooker in the winter as long as the sun is shining and you insulate the cooker from the cold ground.  A friend of mine has used his sitting on top of 4 feet of snow and been able to cook a meal.…

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Solar Ovens, a Must Have Skill for Preppers

solar ovensSummer is here (at least where I live) the sun is shining and now is a great time to get your solar oven out.  During the summer, we often use it to keep the heat of cooking out of the house.  It also saves the cost of electricity.  You can cook things like roasts, stews, casseroles or bread.

While your oven will work in the winter, it is easier to use in the summer.  We have a Global Sun Oven, although I see where they have come out with the new All American Sun Oven that they say is an improved version. …

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Fresnel Lenses can be a Useful Tool for Preppers

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The Fresnel lens set in its wooden frame.

The other day a friend gave me a Fresnel lens that he removed from a projection television.  It is huge, it measures 50 inches by 37 inches.  We took and installed it in a wooden frame and have been experimenting with it.  Now many of you may be familiar with the small Fresnel lenses that come in many survival kits as a fire starter.  They measure approximately 3 ¼ x 1 ½ inches and are very close in size to a business card.

I have had small one for years in a pocket survival kit that I often carry. …

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Cooking with a Parabolic Solar Cooker

A parabolic solar cooker made from an old satellite dish.

Solar ovens are great, as long as the sun is shining brightly they compare well to your oven.  But what about when you want to fry eggs or use the stove top.  There is another type of solar cooker that acts very much like the burners on the top of your stove.  That is the parabolic reflector.

It is a parabolic dish that concentrates light on a specific location.  This will heat a pan up quickly and allow you to fry foods.  It has some definite advantages and some downsides.  The advantages include the following.…

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An Interview with Paul Munsen of Global Sun Ovens and Some Good Tips on How to Use a Solar Oven.

The All American Global Sun Oven

As a result of last Saturday’s Solar Cook Off, I spent some time this morning talking to Paul Munsen of Global Sun Ovens.  My initial reason for talking to him was that I wanted to find out the difference between the older Global Sun ovens and the new All American Global Sun oven. There was one at the cook off and it reached a bit higher temperatures than the older models.  However, we ended up talking about all types of solar cooking and this led to some good tips on how to best utilize a solar oven.…

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A Solar Oven Made From an Old Tire

As you can see the window needs to be a little larger.

At the solar cook off there were successes and near failures.  I want to write about one of the near failures.  This was something I have heard about in the past and have been told that it worked.  Now this improsed oven was not a complete failure, I can see some possible uses for it.

A young lady brought a tire and window and attempted to make a solar oven with them.  She set the tire on concrete and put an open topped aluminum dish in it filled with potatoes and zucchini. …

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The Great Solar Cook Off of 2013

My wife's pot roast

This last Saturday I had the opportunity to attend a Solar Cook off.  The event lasted most of the day.  We started cooking at about 10 am and ate a great potluck meal about 4 pm. There was wide variety of foods cooked, roasted chicken, pot roast, vegetables, corn bread, beans and cakes.

This is the third year we have done it and you can notice changes and improvements in the types of ovens.  This year about a third of the ovens were Global Sun ovens, the rest were various other commercial and improvised ovens.

While all seemed to work well, the Global Sun Oven outperformed all of the others.  …

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Solar Cook Off

This will probably only apply to people who live in Northern California.  On Saturday Aug 3, there will be a Solar Cook-off at the LDS Church in Grass Valley located at 615 Hollow Way.  It will start at 10 AM and end about 4 PM.  You are welcome to bring your own stove and join in cooking or just come and watch.

About 4 PM we will have a potluck sharing what we have cooked.  This is not the first solar cook off and while they have not been large, there is a world of experience in solar cooking present.  It is a great opportunity to see the various solar stoves in operation and learn what others have to say about them.…

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Learn More about Solar Cooking

Reflective solar cookers

A reflective style solar cooker with three mason jars and a plastic cover.

A reflective style solar cooker with three mason jars and a plastic cover.

This is part two on the solar cookoff.  As I mentioned yesterday the reflective type solar ovens did not perform as well as the box style.  However this does not mean that we should discard them, they have their place.  First, they are easy to make and improvise.  Second on a bright hot summer day, they work well.

My friend who appears in the following videos uses them to cook with on a regular basis.  To make them more efficient, he cooks in mason jars that have been painted black. …

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